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Central Hall, Longton. Photographed by William Blake.

The Easter celebration decorations at Central Hall, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Donkeys, Blackpool. Photographed by William Blake.

Group portrait of holiday makers taking a donkey ride on Blackpool Beach, Lancashire. The base of Blackpool Tower can be seen in the background.

Roller Skating Rink, Town Road, Hanley

The Ideal Roller Skating Rink and Ideal dance Hall was on town road in Hanley. The building started life as a Congregational Tabernacle dating from the 1850s. It was superseded by a "new" Tabernacle ...

The Hippodrome Variety Theatre, Stoke.

The Hippodrome was built in Kingsway, Stoke in 1919. It instantly became a popular venue and also served as the Gordon Theatre & Opera House. Upon its closure in January 1961 it was the Gaumont cinema. ...

Tower and Clouds, Blackpool. Photographed by William Blake.

Seafront with a view of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire.

Trentham Ballroom

During the Second World War many important departments were moved from London and other major cities in order to evade air raids. On 26 August 1939, just prior to the outbreak of war, the Bankers ...

Trentham Gardens Ballroom

During the Second World War (1939 to 1945) the Central Bank was moved from London to Trentham Gardens as a precaution against bombing. The staff, mainly female, worked long hours here in very difficult ...